San Diego California Temple
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The San Diego California Temple is the 47th constructed and 45th operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Located near the La Jolla community of San Diego, it was built with two main spires, but unique to this temple are four smaller spires at the base of each main spire. The East spire is topped with the familiar Angel Moroni which adorns most LDS temples.
The exterior finish is marble chips in plaster giving the building a chilling white glow. Just off Interstate 5, the temple is a major landmark when traveling the highway to or from San Diego. The temple is brightly illuminated making it even more striking at night.
The San Diego Temple was announced on April 7, 1984, and dedicated on April 30, 1993 by Gordon B. Hinckley. The temple was built on a 7.2-acre (29,000 m²) plot, has 4 ordinance rooms and 8 sealing rooms, and has a total floor area of 72,000 square feet (6,700 m²).
Although there is no visitors’ center, the church does maintain the Mormon Battalion Historic Site in Old Town, San Diego.
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